With this being my first blog, I’ll start by saying that my name is Matthew Truax. I’m currently serving the Army, and I live in the Midwest. Of course, being in the Army and having a wood shop has proven to be difficult as I’m currently well over my household goods weight limit. I’m trying to mitigate that by getting rid of what I don’t need and building multi tool stations in the shop to alleviate space issues as well. My shop currently resides in a two car garage and the space actually works out great. Click here to see my shop tour.
I started getting into woodworking just a year and a half ago and I’ve come pretty far, but man oh man is there always something more to be learned! I watch all of these YouTube video’s and I think, oh, I can do that. But then I convince myself that the way I’ve been doing it is good enough when the time comes to implement that new joinery technique. I don’t think I’m alone in this. I’ve recently come to grips with that fear and tackled a true spring joint breadboard end and drawn pegs. I was really happy with the turnout. My first and biggest lesson in complicated joinery is to “GO SLOW!” It took me all day to do the two ends. Of course, I know that in time, my skill and speed will increase, but until then, I’ve got to think every small movement out to ensure I don’t mess something up.
My current project includes designing and building another trestle table (kind of my niche but I make other things too) with a one of a kind base. I’ll post pictures soon. It’ll be a 1.5” X 84’ X 40” red oak top and a red oak base. I haven’t discussed with the client what stain (if any) she will want, and I know she’ll want a satin finish. The wood I’m using is upcycled from red oak cants that were milled up for a cabin and never used (just stacked in a barn for the last 40 years). Click here to watch a video of how I made my own HUGE bandsaw sled. They are air dried, and to combat bugs, when I rough milled them on the bandsaw, I saturated them with insecticide and left them for a few days. The insecticide I used is safe for humans and animals after it’s dry and the layer of wood that contains it will most likely be milled off at the jointer and thickness planer when it comes time.
-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."